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Propuesta de Directiva del Parlamento Europeo y del Consejo por la que se modifica la Directiva 2003/87/CE para intensificar las reducciones rentables de emisiones y facilitar las inversiones en tecnologías hipocarbónicas

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Opinion Number: CDR 5368/2015
Rapporteur: 
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 07/04/2016
 
Objectives of the rapporteur: the chief objective of this opinion is to provide a balanced report that would add value to the role played by the local and regional authorities and that would push for an important commitment of all the players (possibly higher than the current proposal).
Objectives of the ENVE Commission: The opinion would be asking for green development avoiding to penalize the European industry but stimulating innovation.
In 2016, this opinion had limited impact mainly due to the fact that the legislative process on this file has not yet finished. EP ENVI Committee adopted its report only on 15/12/2016. CoR policy recommendations that were taken into consideration by the European Commission and the European Parliament during the legislative process are as follows:

Essential policy recommendations of the opinion
• stresses the importance of involving local and regional authorities in this area since they have considerable expertise thanks to their frontline role in combating climate change as they are, by their very nature, the authorities closest to the public and the first to manage the response to environmental emergencies;

Essential legislative amendments of the opinion
• The Paris Agreement reached during COP21 requires an effort to be made by all of the parties to that agreement to ensure that it is ratified and implemented quickly and in a more ambitious way. Greater emphasis should thus be placed on all initiatives, including at local and regional levels, which can contribute to achieving the targets set for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. A tool for monitoring environmental policies and sharing best practices and projects implemented at regional and local levels (e.g. linked to the Covenant of Mayors) could help to further subsidiarity and ensure that all tiers of government shoulder their responsibilities.

The Commission acknowledges that the risk of carbon leakage currently remains for some industries, but also that these provisions (57% share of allowance to be auctioned) will be kept under review in the coming decade.
The Commission acknowledges that the low-carbon transtition should be mainstreamed through all sectors and levels of governance. Therefore, work at city level and urban policies will be further intensified, including on supporting actions developed by the Covenant of mayors and the setting up of a "One stop shop" (further elaborated on and described by Vice-President Sefcovic's Cabinet at the December ENVE meeting) for local authorities. This should allow local authorities to more effectively contribute to the EU's low-carbon transition.
THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS:

- stresses the importance of involving local and regional authorities in this area since they have considerable expertise thanks to their frontline role in combating climate change as they are, by their very nature, the authorities closest to the public and the first to manage the response to environmental emergencies;

- recommends that each Member State set a minimum percentage threshold of at least 20% of auction revenues to be managed directly by the local and regional authorities. It should also be possible to use revenues from emissions trading in the Member States to prevent local and regional climate risks and protect against and adapt to the effects of climate change;

- calls for the Modernisation Fund to be open to NUTS 2 regions in Member States with clear internal imbalances, in order to boost the revitalisation and modernisation of the energy sector;

- welcomes the outcome of COP21 as regards the common will to work together towards an ambitious goal, and endorses the decision to have five-yearly reviews of the various targets, so that they are always adequate; underlines, however, that the opportunity was missed to address the risk of carbon leakage at global level and provide responses;

- considers that the Paris Agreement reached during COP21 requires an effort to be made by all of the parties to that agreement to ensure that it is ratified and implemented quickly and in a more ambitious way. Greater emphasis should be placed on all initiatives or campaigns, including those of the local and regional level or geared towards it, which can contribute to achieving the targets set for cutting greenhouse gas emissions;

recognises the Europe 2020 goals as priorities and argues that they are certainly compatible with the objective of preserving a strong, competitive and state-of-the-art European industry, for which rules are not perceived as a punitive mechanism, but as incentives for greater efficiency and modernisation. It therefore asks the European Commission to reflect also on the concept of the "carbon footprint" of products and to consider how to promote more sustainable consumption.

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European Parliament Conference

The ETS reform proposals and their effect on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry:
Event speakers:

  • Mr. Antonello Pezzini, Rapporteur, European Economic & Social Committee
  • Mr. Marco Dus, Rapporteur, Committee of the Regions
  • Ms. Emilie Alberola, Phd Programme Director, I4CE
  • Mr. Maarten Neelis, Phd Principal Consultant, Ecofys
  • Mr. Sylvain Lefebvre, Deputy General Secretary, IndustriAll
  • Dr. Hanny Nover, Director of the ECRN e.V. Network Secretariat
  • Ms. Emma Argutyan, Secretary General, ECEG
  • Mr. Marco Mensink, General Director, Cefic

 
28 Jun
 

Working Group GHG ACCREDIA

Conference organized by ACCREDIA (an Italian body recognized by the national government dealing with certification and accreditation activities). Mr Dus presented his opinion and delivered a speech.

 
20 Jun
 

European Commission DG CLIMA consultation

Meeting with European Commission DG CLIMA (Mr Zapfel - HoU).

 
24 Feb
 

Italian Permanent Representation

Meeting with Italian Perm Rep.

 
22 Feb
 

EESC consultation

Meeting with EESC rapporteur Antonello Pezzini to discuss EESC opinion on the ETS.

 
18 Feb
 

EP public hearing on the reform of the ETS

EP public hearing on the reform of the ETS. Mr Dus attended and spoke along with EESC rapporteur Pezzini.

 
18 Feb
 

Stakeholder meeting

Mr Dus met with stakeholders (CEFIC, FEDERCHIMICA) to exchange views with industry

 
14 Jan
 

Chinese Embassy

Meeting with Chinese Mission on 14 January 2015 to discuss Chinese ETS.

 
14 Jan
 

Meeting MEP

Rapporteur Dus met the Italian MEP Eleonora EVI.

 
14 Jan
 

Stakeholder meeting

Mr Dus met with stakeholders (ICLEI, Carbon Market Watch)

 
18 Nov
 

WE-NET: Working for ENvironmentally Educated Towns

Mr Dus participated in WE-NET: Working for ENvironmentally Educated Towns (Italy)

 
13 Nov
 

Energy Infrastructure Forum

Mr Dus participated in the Energy Infrastructure Forum (Copenhagen)

 
09 Nov